Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Router lockups have been a problem for me ever since I got my first 802.11G Router in 2004. Since then, we've seen companies roll out supposed "power user" routers or routers meant for "gamers," but for some reason not a single one has alleviated the problem of having to reset the router after running for a few days. After my new "gaming" router locked up while refreshing a server list for a multiplayer game, it was the last straw and I began searching for something a little more robust.
What I found was a multitude of Linux-based firewall/router distributions that were easy to install and configure and offered an enterprise level of robustness, not to mention some extra goodies for power users. You don’t need to have any knowledge of Linux to build one of these, so don't be intimidated. Let's jump right in!